January 9, 2011 in City

Marijuana advocate can lobby while facing charges

Associated Press
 

MISSOULA – A medical marijuana advocate facing criminal charges in Missoula will be allowed to travel to Helena to lobby state lawmakers.

Jason Christ faces two counts of felony intimidation stemming from what police say was a bomb threat against a Verizon store on Aug. 18.

Justice of the Peace John Odlin on Friday allowed Christ to remain free on his own recognizance, according to the Missoulian, and also said Christ could travel within the state.

Employees at the Verizon store in Missoula told police that Christ said he’d bomb the store if he didn’t get to talk to a manager about canceling his service or getting his money back.

Police said employees also recorded Christ making an obscenity-laced phone call in which he said he’d break items in the store and knock over computers.

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